Bob Delaney visited Fort Rucker, Ala., to share his stories and message on issues of post-traumatic stress. The former NBA referee and retired undercover state trooper spoke in four different sessions Sept. 10-11.
Delaney also spoke at the installation last year.
This year’s visit was part of the U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Post Traumatic Stress Outreach Program and was mandatory for all U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence military personnel who were present for duty.
Although the main target audience was military personnel, the event was open to all non-military personnel as well.
Delaney, the 2003 recipient of NASO’s Gold Whistle Award, is a well-known motivational speaker. He travels across the country and around the world to present leadership and teamwork seminars before corporate, university and community organizations, and for the past 30 years has provided training before federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers, and agents throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Delaney rose to the top of two elite organizations — in law enforcement as a highly decorated trooper with the New Jersey State Police, and as one of the NBA’s most respected referees. He officiated more than 1,700 regular season games, 180 playoff contests and 10 Finals.
He has authored two books, Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob, which received critical acclaim and outlines his time as a New Jersey police officer working with the FBI to bring down organized crime; and Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post Traumatic Stress.
“Those of us who wear uniforms like to think of (ourselves) as being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, whether it be the uniform I used to wear or the uniform you wear,” he told soldiers during his visit last year. “While we know that heroic things are done on a daily basis by those who wear uniforms, we can never lose site of the fact that there are human beings inside these uniforms.”